The Journal of arthroplasty vol:13 issue:2 pages:162-71
Over a period of 20 years, 34 patients with a total hip arthroplasty were treated conservatively for a femoral shaft fracture. Thirty-five fractures were treated by traction followed by cast-brace or by cast-brace alone. Sound healing was obtained in 33 fractures. Problems were angular malalignment jeopardizing revision surgery in cases of loosening, long hospitalization, and a considerable complication rate. As a consequence, the authors no longer recommend conservative treatment as the first choice for these difficult fractures.